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Blog: Dick Van Dyke and LeBron's 'freeway escapes'

7:40 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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Comic actor Dick Van Dyke and athlete LeBron James used social media after their 'freeway escapades' on different coasts within the last four days with widely different results...and consequences.

Van Dyke's tweets and the video he posted online from California Monday were self-effacingly funny while LeBron's Miami freeway video posted on Instagram and his Twitter feed smacked of self-importance.

LeBron's video also landed a Miami-Dade police officer in hot water.

Let's start on a positive note.

Van Dyke, 87, and his wife Arlene, 41, thankfully escaped unhurt when their Jaguar XJ caught fire on the 101 Venture Freeway near Parkway Calabasas about 2 p.m. (PST) Monday outside Los Angeles.

They were on the way to Van Dyke's dentist when the Jag's engine started smoking and they pulled to the side of the road. Passersby helped them out of the Jag.

Later Arlene posted a video and tweeted "He's fine Thank God!'and Van Dyke -- with his sense of humor clearly showing -- tweeted that his Jag was now on the market, saying "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!" with a pic of the car's blackened body.

On the other coast, there was a different type of freeway escapade Friday night which is proving days later that even LeBron James is expected to deal with traffic.

LeBron was enroute to a Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert at the Sun Life Stadium when he was caught in traffic about 8 blocks away. Supposedly Jay-Z announced that he would be waiting to start the concert until LeBron arrived.

Details are sketchy on how the police escort was initiated but suffice to say that a so-far-unidentified officer, part of an off-duty team working at Sun Life, led LeBron's vehicle, containing LeBron and fiancee Savannah Brinson, down the wrong side of the street eight blocks, with the cruiser's lights flashing, right to Sun Life.

But it was the video LeBron posted on Instagram -- which went straight to his 3.5 million followers on Twitter -- of them following the cruiser that caught the eye of the world AND Miami-Dade police.

"They treat us so well! Needed it cause traffic was nuts!!" and  "Light police escort on the wrong side of the street," LeBron tweeted. He added, "Headed to the big homie concert, JT. Holla!"

On Monday, Miami-Dade police launched an investigation into the officer who gave King James the "royal" treatment. Police say the escort "violated policy."

You think?

Social media is here to stay and I am sure LeBron didn't do it to get an officer in trouble but that happened just the same. Sometimes your own "self-importance'" can backfire.

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